A Theory of Parody: The Teachings of Twentieth-century Art Forms

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University of Illinois Press, 1985 - Literary Criticism - 143 pages
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Looks at works of modern literature, visual art, music, film, theater, and architecture to arrive at an assessment of what parody is and what it does. This title identifies parody as one of the major forms of modern self-reflexivity, one that marks the intersection of invention. It discusses the remarkable range of intent in modern parody.
 

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Parody is repetition with critical distance, and must be distinguished from satire (parody relies on reference to an earlier text or text, and satire relies on reference to reality) and from irony (an ... Read full review

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to be cited in the part "Postmodern Literary Techniques: Parody/Pastiche".

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
DEFINING PARODY
30
THE PRAGMATIC RANGE OF PARODY
50
THE PARADOX OF PARODY
69
ENCODING AND DECODING THE SHARED CODES OF PARODY
84
CONCLUSION THE WORLD THE PARODIC TEXT AND THE THEORIST
100
BIBLIOGRAPHY
118
INDEX
136
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Linda Hutcheon is university professor emeritus of English and comparative literature at the University of Toronto.

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